Reports Report 1169o (Event 1169-2011)

This report has been linked to the following event: Event 1169-2011
Observer
NameCharis
Experience Level2/5
RemarksThe ball of fire looked about 2 feet in diameter, which makes me think it must have been many times bigger than that actually. The tail behind it looked about10 feet long. What an experience!
Location
AddressSonora, CA
Latitude37° 57' 35.15'' N (37.96°)
Longitude 120° 18' 40.76'' W (-120.31°)
Elevation-
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time2011-10-14 22:40 PDT
UT Date & Time2011-10-15 05:40 UT
Duration≈3.5s
Direction
Moving directionFrom up to down
Descent Angle180°
Moving
Facing azimuth80.94°
First azimuth82.44°
First elevation65°
Last azimuth79.17°
Last elevation20°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude-27
Colorblue on inside yellow and
Concurrent Sound
ObservationNo
Remarks-
Delayed Sound
ObservationNo
RemarksNothing heard.
Persistent train
ObservationYes
Duration2s
Length99.99°
RemarksA HUGE ball of fire came down from the sky, with a tail of yellow behind it. I smelled smoke shortly after. It went behind a mountain, so I couldn't see it land. I bet it landed in Nevada somewhere.
Terminal flash
ObservationNo
RemarksA BIG ball of fire coming down from the sky. Either straight down, or down at an arc going away from me. It had a VERY long tail. The colors I saw mostly were yellow and orange. It lit up the sky. I have NEVER seen anything like it! AMAZING!
Fragmentation
ObservationNo
Remarks-